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Did Pakistani Police Attack A Hindu Family For Hoisting A Saffron Flag?

Did Pakistani Police Attack A Hindu Family For Hoisting A Saffron Flag?

A 2013 video from Pakistan is revived and given a communal spin in India. Read our factcheck.



A video on social media  accompanied with a message that claims a Hindu family in Pakistan was attacked by police for placing a  “भगवा ध्वज” or saffron flag on their house, is false.


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The video shows a few Pakistani policemen and several personnel belonging to the country’s ‘Elite Force’ break into a house and use excessive force against the house’s  inhabitants.


Security personnel are even seen roughing up a woman even as the entire SWAT-style crackdown is recorded by a few cameramen who can be seen in the video.


BOOM found the video with the same text in Hindi on WhatsApp, YouTube and Facebook circulating in India.


The text in Hindi claims that Muslims in India can hoist Pakistan’s flag and celebrate without any questioning.










The video dates back to June 2013 and was shot near the city of Faisalabad in Pakistan’s eastern province of Punjab. The incident had no communal angle to it. It is clear from news articles from Pakistan that those who were attacked were not targeted because of their religion.


Source: Dunya News TV


A large group of people from villages around Khurrianwala town were protesting against unannounced load shedding. Protesters who claimed they were facing power outages of 14-16 hours a day, burnt tires, pelted stones at police vehicles and blocked several roads of Faisalabad, news articles at the time reported.


They also attacked a grid station and offices of private utility Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco).


Police chased after the protesters and forcefully entered their homes by scaling walls or breaking open the gates and thrashing anyone they found there.


Images capturing excesses by the police created outrage in Punjab. An inquiry team was set up under directions of then Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to investigate claims that police had misbehaved with women protesters and children. Five cops were suspended at the time.






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Karen Rebelo works as an investigative reporter, fact-checker and a copy-editor at BOOM. Her specialization includes spotting and debunking fake images and viral fake videos. Karen is a former Reuters wires journalist and has covered the resources sector in the UK and the Indian stock market and private equity sector. She cut her teeth as a prime-time television producer doing business news shows.

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